Ali Moini

Photo: Yann Gibert

Ali Moini was born in 1975 in Shiraz, Iran. Trained in lyrical singing, musical composition and dramatic interpretation, he first performed with the Young Orchestra of Shiraz and the Mehr Theater Group with which he toured more than 80 international performances of Dance On Glasses. In 2009, he graduated from the Dança Forum in Lisbon, taught by André Lepecki, Deborah Hay, Emmanuelle Huynh, João Fiadeiro, Lisa Nelson, Mark Tompkins, Meg Stuart, Loïc Touzé and Vera Mantero. Since then, his pieces My paradoxical knives, Lives, Gaugemancy, It Shocks Me But Not You and Man Anam KeRostam Bovad Pahlavan have toured internationally. Ali currently lives in France, where he currently premiered his solo ± in 2021.

Shirin Farshbaf

Shirin Farshbaf is a dance and performance artist from Iran, currently living in Austria, with over a decade of experience in acting and directing. Her performative works reflect the conditions of society and transform the body through various possibilities of movement. She is interested in interdisciplinary art and the coming together of visual, physical, and sonic experiments in collaborative environments 

Armin Hokmi Kiasaraei

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Armin is involved within the performance realm between theatre and dance. He began his artistic work in 2009 as an actor with independently organized theatre communities in Iran and later continued to work and study abroad toward experiences with multitudes of performative practices, mediums and expressions. He holds a BA in acting from Norwegian Theatre Academy (2015-2018) and finished his MA SODA program at HZT Berlin (2019-2021). Interested in body politics and its resonances across practices of movement and within the performative domains, he works through text, dances and choreographies. Recent works include Everything Round is the Earth (2017), Passages (2018) and Public Dance, Permutable Stage (2021). As a performer he has worked and studied with artists and companies such as Anders Paulin, Mette Ingvartsen, Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, Kasper Ravnhøj, CocoRosie and Phillip Zarrilli among others. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

Nora Amin

Nora Amin is a performer, choreographer, author, theatre director and scholar/researcher/lecturer. Fellow of the Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed (Rio de Janeiro, 2003), alumni of the arts management program at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington DC, USA, 2004), S. Fischer guest professor for comparative literature (FU/Berlin 2004-2005), guest lecturer/Ford associate at Mount Holyoke College, theatre department (USA, 2005), founder of The Nation-wide Egyptian Project for Theatre of the Oppressed and its arab network (Lebanon, Sudan & Morocco), fellow of the Academy of the Arts of the World (Cologne, 2015), fellow of the International Research Centre for Interweaving Performance Cultures (FU/Berlin, 2015-2016), Valeska-Gert guest professor for dance sciences (FU/Berlin, 2018), visiting lecturer at the department of cultural policy (Hildesheim university, 2018), visiting lecturer at the Centre for Contemporary Dance (Zentrum für Zeitgenössischen Tanz, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln, 2020), workshop instructor at Tanzfabrik “Unlocking” (2019-2020-2021), at Berlin Mondiale (Wasserwerk program, 2020-2021), and Mentor at PAP (Performing Arts Program/Berlin-LAFT) and Flausen+bundesnetzwerk program. Founder and artistic director of Lamusica Independent Theatre Group (2000, Egypt) where she directed, choreographed and produced forty productions of dance, theatre and music. Resident of Berlin since 2015, where she presented several dance and theatre pieces of her creation, i.e. Migrating the Feminine (Pauline Kirche, Göttingen, 2020), Tracings (Vierte Welt, 2019), Infiltration (Haus der Statistik, 2019), Rite of Revival (Maxim Gorki Theater, Studio Я, 2018), Earthport (Vierte Welt, 2017-2016). Author of the acclaimed “Migrating the Feminine” in Arabic, English and German (MSB, Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2018) on the transgressions of female physicality in the public sphere. Her latest publication is “Dance of the Persecuted” (MSB, Matthes & Seitz, 2021), a feminist perspective into the decolonizing the history of the so-called belly dance while connecting it to colonially, patriarchy and capitalism. Board member of the German Centre of the International Theatre Institute, and member of the steering committee of the Dance Mediation Centre of Berlin.

Hooman Sharifi

Photo: Tale Katrine Hendnes

Hooman Sharifi is a Norwegian choreographer with Iranian roots. His dance career started with hip-hop in his teenage years and he went on to study classical and modern ballet in his twenties. He graduated in choreography at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and is particularly interested in the artistic expression found in the intersection between dance, theatre and graphic art. In 2000, he established his own company, Impure Company, which specializes in highlighting civic engagement and politics in its art. Sharifi became artistic director of Carte Blanche in 2014 and remained in that role until August 2018. His first work for Carte Blanche was Shadows Remain Silent, which premiered in Norway on the main stage of the Oslo Opera House in January 2014. The Arctic Arts Festival in 2017 saw the world premiere of Hooman Sharifi’s second production for Carte Blanche: While They are Floating. In 2018, Sharifi and Carte Blanche presented the productions Get Lost by the German choreographer Pieter Ampe and the visually arresting production Soufflette by the French choreographer François Chaignaud, which was performed at Dansens Hus to great success in October 2018, plus a number of other venues.

Arash Moradi started learning tanbour at an early age from his father master Ali Akbar Moradi, whom he later accompanied in numerous concerts and festivals throughout the world. He has cooperated with BBC Orchestra and LPO. Arash brought out his first solo Album The Bridge in 2018. 

Kâmnoush Khosrovani

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Fostering the emergence of thought from lived body experience motivates Kâmnoush Khosrovani’s creative research. A dance and somatics practitioner and educator, she is currently writing her doctoral dissertation (École Pratique des Hautes Études) on dance anthropology. Here she researches the dynamics of (in)visibility in Soufi dance practice in Iran, exploring this distant ritualized field as a way to reflect on her dance practice. More generally, she explores dance as a multisensory learning situation embedded in the cultural perceptions of practitioners and expressed through various embodied modalities.

Kaveh Ghaemi

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Kaveh Ghaemi, born in 1984 in Tehran, Iran, studied engineering at Tehran University before starting his career as an actor and dancer. He later studied at the Samandarian Theater Academy and was awarded Best Male Actor at the Fadjr Festival in Iran in 2009 and 2010. From 2006-2010 he was part of Indra, a theater group that performed at the Shahr (“Theater of the City”) Theater in Tehran. Since 2011 he has been living in Berlin. As a dancer, he has been involved in Modjgan Hashemian’s plays Don’t Move, In Motion and I love I at Ballhaus Naunynstraße, as well as News, BODYTEXT, Norou and Myths at Maxim Gorki Theater and Akademie der Künste, and Tongue Twisters at Radialsystem. She also appeared in Hashemians production Move out Loud at Theater Thikwa.

Raha Nejad

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Raha Nejad started dancing at the age of five. Soon she discovered her passion for Urban Dance, Latin & JazzFunk. After playing violin and saxophone for many years, she decided to become a professional dancer and choreographer at the age of 16. Since then she has performed on stage with artists such as Katy Perry, Pink, Keri Hilson and toured Europe supporting Beyoncé. She also collaborated with Sean Cheesman, Michael Jackson’s choreographer and dancer, for a Canadian TV show. Raha’s talent is most evident in her variety of dance styles. She refines and expands these at Battles and in theater productions. In her own piece PERSIAN HAIR she performs as a soloist. In collaboration with Christoph Hagel she choreographed Carmina Burana and Die Zauberflöte. For several years she has been working as a teacher for the dance school Flying Steps Academy in Berlin.

Melika Akbari-asl

Melika is an Iranian interdisciplinary artist creating and moving in performing and visual arts field.  After graduating in architecture, her movement experiences led her to study MA choreography in HZT University.
Her latest works are installation-performances, short dance films and music videos which are experimental, detail and process oriented and are based on improvisation and instant composition with inter-subjective and inter-objective approach.

Ulduz Ahmadzadeh

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Born in Tehran, Ulduz started dancing in a country in which it is still prohibited. In defiance of state censorship, she performed regularly with company Harekat from 1999 until 2004. She was subsequently incarcerated. After her release, she started her own dance company, which continued to be highly critical of the political system. Ahmadzadeh studied directing at the art university Soureh in Tehran, contemporary dance pedagogy at MUK in Vienna and Social Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her contemporary dance company ATASH (formerly: tanz.labor.labyrinth), which was founded in 2012, specifically addresses socio-political issues and cultural hierarchies.